One of the most acclaimed films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival has been acquired for U.S. distribution, as Bleecker Street has scooped up Fran Kranz’s directorial debut Mass, with plans for a fourth quarter release timed for awards season.
If our review from Sundance is any indication, this is going to be a major player, especially for the quartet of acting powerhouses from Reed Birney, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs, and Martha Plimpton at the film’s center.
The film centers around two sets of parents who agree to speak years after a tragedy involving their children has ripped a hole in all of their lives. With the parents coming from two entirely different perspectives on the events, Kranz opens up an avenue to explore an array of difficult emotions and subject matter.
In a statement to coincide with the acquisition, Kranz said, “This s a movie about life after loss and the need for reconciliation. I never imagined when I wrote it that it could feel so relevant and urgent and I’m honored to work with Bleecker Street in finding the largest audience possible for this story.”
Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen is equally enthusiastic, stating, “Fran’s film is such a powerful exploration of reconciliation and understanding. The film showcases some incredible performances and hopefully will offer audiences a chance to empathize with those who have lost.”
Keep a lookout for when Mass drops later this year.